News Archive: February 2020

INDUCTION AT MOTHERWELL Posted on 27 Feb 2020  |  Full Presbytery

The Rev. Dr Alistair S May was on Tuesday evening, 25 February 2020, Inducted to the Pastoral Charge of Dalziel St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Motherwell, the first induction in almost two years. There was a good turn-out of members of the Presbytery to welcome Dr May, as well as a number of visitors from the Presbyteries of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Irvine and Kilmarnock, who “associated” with the Presbytery on this happy occasion.

The occasion was presided over by the Rev. Maxine Buck, Auxiliary Minister, Moderator of the Presbytery, and the Rev. Dr Peter H Donald, minister at Airdrie: Cairnlea, conducted worship and preached a fine sermon based on Matthew 3:17-4:1 - the Baptism of Jesus - and our common baptismal calling as disciples of Jesus.

The congregation of Motherwell: Dalziel St Andrew’s also turned out in good strength on what was, given the recent weather, a ‘tolerable’ night, and the whole company was in fine voice in giving praise to the Lord. The adjacent photograph shows Dr May receiving the communion vessels from members of the Boys’ Brigade company attached to the congregation.

Organ Scholarship Posted on 19 Feb 2020  |  Website

​The Presbytery fund two organ scholarships per year of £300 each. These scholarships will last for one year of three terms, each term consisting of ten half hour lessons. The starting date will be in September 2020.


  • Candidates should have an active Church connection.
  • Candidates should have reached approximately Grade V piano (or keyboard)
  • Candidates will be required to play two contrasting pieces of their own choosing on the piano (or keyboard), before adjudicators appointed by a Presbytery sub-committee on a date and place to be arranged
  • The selected scholars will be required to make their own travel arrangements to and from their weekly lesson, and to provide the recommended music.
  • The successful candidates must have access to a two manual organ, with a full pedal board, for practice.

If interested please complete and return the application form which can be found within the resources section of this website

Current Vacancies for Ministers (Charges with permission to Call) Feb 2020 Posted on 05 Feb 2020

Dates stated are those on which permission to call was granted

Bothwell (7 May 2019) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Arthur Barrie (retired)

Chapelhall linked with Kirk o’ Shotts (3 February 2020 – 1 year extension) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator Rev. Margaret Currie

East Kilbride: Moncreiff (7 May 2019) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Kevin de Beer

Dalserf (4 December 2018) [0.5 FTE Reviewable Tenure]: Interim Moderator – Rev. John Stevenson (retired)

Hamilton: Gilmour and Whitehill linked with Hamilton: West (25 November 2014) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Kevin Mackenzie

Hamilton: South linked with Quarter (3 December 2019) [5-Year Reviewable Tenure]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Ecilo Selemani

Shotts: Calderhead Erskine (4 February 2020 – 1 year extension) [Unrestricted]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Iain C Murdoch (retired)

Wishaw: Old (6 March 2018) [0.5 FTE 7 year Reviewable Tenure]: Interim Moderator – Rev. Keith W Ross

The Church of Scotland Presbytery of Hamilton is a charity registered in Scotland No: SC048680.